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Jargon Buster

The Health and Care Jargon Buster

NHS England
- Their main aim is to improve health outcomes for people in England through commissioning.

Commissioning is the process of planning, agreeing and monitoring services. It is therefore more than one action. They ensure that needs assessments are carried out and that they inform commissioners.

Public Health England is a new organisation to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. It provides national leadership for locally-led public health services.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) measures whether services meet national standards of quality and safety, ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect. The organisation checks whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting national standards and have a responsibility to share their findings with the public.

Monitor is an independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts –Acute Hospitals, Walk-in Centres. Monitor protects and promotes the interests of people using health services by making sure that NHS services are effective and offer value for money.

National Institute for Health & Care guidance (NICE) develops a series of national clinical guidelines to ‘secure consistent, high quality evidence based care for patients using the NHS. Most of their work focusses on medicines and prescribing.

Local Healthwatch/ Healthwatch England The independent consumer champion for the public- locally and nationally - to promote better outcomes in health for all and social care for adults.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - took over from the Primary Care Groups in April 2013. There is one CCG in Manchester – Manchester Health & Care Commissioning. They are responsible for commissioning the majority of healthcare for the local population. 

Health and Wellbeing Boards are the focal point for decision making about local health and wellbeing. They facilitate joint working between health, social care and public health –between CCGs, Local Authorities, Hospitals, and community stakeholders. The Boards have a duty to encourage integrated working between decision makers and service providers in health and social care.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for producing the JSNA. It is a statutory duty. NHS and LA Commissioners have an obligation to be involved in the preparation of the JSNA and are legally obliged to have regard to the JSNA in exercising their relevant commissioning functions.

The purpose of the JSNA is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities and reduce inequalities for all ages. The core aim is to develop local evidence based priorities for commissioning. Recent examples include:

  • Long Term Conditions
  • Dementia
  • Alcohol/Liver Disease
  • Early detection and prevention of cancer
  • Early help for children and young people
  • TB